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Maddy Prior and The Carnival Band’s association with the composer Vaughan Williams goes right back to their very first album together, 1986’s Tapestry Of Carols, and their version of ‘The Sussex Carol’. In many ways it was a natural fit – Williams the great collector and composer of English music meets one of its most important singers and dedicated band of musicians. Their paths have crossed on countless occasions since but with Vaughan Williams Carols, Songs & Hymns the partnership has fully blossomed. Comprising all original Williams’ compositions, the album demonstrates the full range of his art and his unique ability to write music for the common man, for the spiritual and for the religious. In the safe and inspired hands of Maddy and the Carnival Band, this historical music is given a new lease of life – performed with the same freshness and vitality as when it was originally unveiled by one of the masters of English music

Track Listing

The Golden Carol (2.51)

Blake’s Cradle Song (3.12)

The Blessed Son of God (2.26)

Snow in the Street (4.37)

Wither’s Rocking Hymn (4.04)

Drinking Song (Back and Side Go Bare) (3.33)

Whither Must I Wander? (3.32)

The Willow Whistle (3.14)

Linden Lea (Roud B104645) (2.37)

The Divine Image (2.20)

The Woodcutter’s Song (2.17)

Come Down O Love Divine (3.48)

Fierce Raged the Tempest (1.50)

At the Name of Jesus (2.35)

Into the Woods My Master Went (2.35)

The Night is Come (2.43)

God Be With You Till We Meet Again (2.40)